Restaurant Name: Noodles & Company
Location: 102 N. Chauncey Ave. & South St, West Lafayette, IN (map it)
Hours: Sun-Wed 11am-9pm, Thur-Sat 11am-10pm (Starting 8/28 – Thur-Sat 11am-4am)
Cuisine: Asian, Mediterranean, and American
Review: Noodles has just recently opened in West Lafayette, situated slightly off the beaten path for those of us that don’t live on campus. It is tucked away on Chauncey Hill, making it convenient for those that travel by foot or bike, but offering some curb side parking for patrons that need to drive. The location affords a small area for dining al fresco, in addition to their main indoor eating area.
Upon entering, the menu is on a large board behind the counter where you order. It is broken into sections offering Asian, Mediterranean, and American cuisines, with four entrées (noodles dishes), one soup, and one salad per group. You can also choose several different “proteins” to add to your dish, which the menu makes recommendations for, along with more veggies or cheese. A few sides are available (we love their potstickers), as are a couple of desserts. Their beverage menu offers a selection of fountain drinks, juices, and organic tea and milk. Prices are very straight forward; for the entree, salad, or soup – $3.95 for a small portion and $5.25 for a large, then add $2 if you want to add meat of your choice or some tasty organic tofu.
While their menu is very customizable, my youngest always goes for the Wisconsin Mac & Cheese. This isn’t your typical boxed variety either – it’s elbow pasta covered in fresh and creamy cheese. She loves to snub her fork, opting instead for the provided chopsticks. The neat thing for kids, or kids at heart, is that they will outfit you with colorful chopstick helpers that clip on and make the utensils easier to use. We practice picking up ice with them while we wait for the food to be delivered by the staff to the table.
Speaking of the staff, they seem to be mostly college students, so you get a very diverse mix of personalities. We have had ultra-friendly to ultra-grumpy service, but the food never disappoints. Which by the way, if it does disappoint, they will replace it at no extra charge. So try something new – the flavors are quite spectacular!
When no one can decide where to go for dinner, this place should hit the spot for everyone. From vegetarians to meat-etarians, bland to bold, young to old, this place has something to please everyone. Oh, and do pay attention to their spicy food indicators – I had the Indonesian Peanut Saute (which has two little peppers by it), and felt like it burned a hole in my stomach. Don’t get me wrong – I loved it – just had to keep getting up to refill my water glass.
Kid friendly: Yes.
Methods of Payment: Cash or Credit.